When investing in high-valuation technology companies, buy with your eyes open and a recognition of the risk you are taking on.
By Michael A. Yoshikami, CNBC.com
Have you ever had the feeling that you're completely alone in your thinking and the world seems to have great arguments why you're completely wrong?
I felt that way during the dot-com bubble when the valuations just seemed crazy to me. I felt that way during the real-estate bubble when people would ask me if they should cash advance their credit cards to buy rental real estate. And now I feel that way in the social-media space as mergers, acquisitions, and valuations that stagger the mind. It's crazy.
Then again, maybe you're one of the people addicted to the game "Candy Crush" who can't bear to go to sleep at night because of its addictive tendencies. I know people who turn off the lights at night with a little glow under the covers as they attempt to navigate this popular game.
King Digital Entertainment, which markets the game, reported huge increases in downloads and has decided to capitalize on the game's popularity by going public.
Hey, doesn't this sound a lot like Zynga (ZNGA) with their hugely popular game Farmville?
The mobile heavyweight takes the wraps off its fifth-generation Android flagship phone as well as three new wrist computers.
By Gary Krakow, TheStreet
Although a steady stream of advanced leaks made the announcement slightly less intriguing, Samsung (SSNLF) has taken the wraps off its fifth-generation flagship smartphone as well as three new "smartwatches."
At a flashy presentation at the Mobile World Congress industry show in Barcelona, Samsung introduced the upcoming Galaxy S5 handset, the Galaxy Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit wrist computers.
As you might expect, the new Galaxy S5 is larger, faster and more powerful than any of Samsung's previous models. The phone sports a new 5.1-inch, 1080p, 2560 by 1440 (432 pixels/inch) Super AMOLED display, a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm (QCOM) Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, Google's (GOOG) Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) OS and a 16 megapixel rear camera.
The iPhone maker addresses a worrisome vulnerability in its latest mobile operating system. A fix for Macs is yet to be released, but coming 'very soon.'
By Daisuke Wakabayashi, The Wall Street Journal
Apple (AAPL) released a software update for iOS 7, its mobile operating system, to patch a potential security risk for users of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
In its release, which became available on Friday, Apple said the software update "provides a fix for SSL connection verification." SSL is an acronym for secure socket layer, which allows data to be encrypted when sent over the Internet.
According to a blog post from security technology firm CrowdStrike, this vulnerability allows a would-be attacker to intercept data such as email messages to or from your phone. An attacker could alter the data to "deliver exploits to take control of your system," according to the post.
The social media giant has built its fortune on targeted ads to its 1.2 billion users. But its new $19 billion acquisition, the messaging service WhatsApp, is fundamentally opposed to them.
By Spencer E. Ante, The Wall Street Journal
Facebook (FB) has built a nearly $175 billion company in part by letting brands create targeted advertisements for the social network's 1.2 billion users.
Now with its $19 billion acquisition of the mobile-messaging app WhatsApp, Facebook appears to be taking on a new kind of challenge: a business that doesn't want to be based on ads.
WhatsApp's founders aren't just against ads -- they seem downright hostile to them.
"Advertising isn't just the disruption of aesthetics, the insults to your intelligence and the interruption of your train of thought," wrote WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum in a blog post in 2012 explaining why it doesn't sell ads.
Game developer King Digital appears to be the new monarch of the mobile-games industry, crushing rival Zynga with close to $2 billion in revenue last year.
By Sven Grundberg and Niclas Rolander, The Wall Street Journal
Anglo-Swedish game developer King Digital Entertainment (KING), the maker of "Candy Crush Saga," lifted the curtain on its financials in a filing for a U.S. listing on Tuesday, showing who's really the monarch of the mobile-games industry -- at least when it comes to revenue.
In its filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, the game developer said it saw a more than tenfold revenue increase in 2013, as sales skyrocketed to $1.88 billion from $164 million in 2012.
By comparison, Zynga (ZNGA), maker of "FarmVille" and "Words With Friends," had revenue last year of $873 million, while Finland's Supercell, maker of "Clash of Clans," reported revenue of $892 million.
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